Update March 16, 2015

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Khaleda Zia asked to face court on April 13

Sumel Sarker

Bangladesh Supreme Court

Bangladesh Supreme Court

16 March 2015, Nirapad News: A Court here asked BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia and all other accused in the Barapukuria coal mine graft case to appear before it on April 13.

Hosne Ara Begum, Judge of Dhaka-2 Special Judges Court, passed the order Monday.

In 2008 during a state of emergency, the anti graft body filed the case accusing ex- Prime Minister Khaleda Zia and others, including her former 10 cabinet colleagues.

According to case statement, the government had lost about Tk 159 crore on the Barapukuria Coalmine deal awarded to the second highest bidder CMC instead of the lowest one.

BNP chief Khaleda Zia, also former Prime Minister, filed a writ petition challenging the validity of filing of the case.

On October 16, 2008 the High Court had stayed the case proceedings and issued a rule upon the ACC to explain why the case filed against the accused should not be invalidated. Khaleda secured a permanent bail in the case.

ACC deputy director Shamsul Alam filed the case with Shahbagh Police Station on February 26, 2008 and the charge sheet was submitted on October 5.

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